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There are many remarkable people around us in Hong Kong. Some of them are unsung heroes dedicated to helping others and contributing to a bigger cause. And others may have overcome adversity to achieve their personal best, demonstrating astonishing willpower and an optimistic, can-do attitude. Through its community projects and the Charities Trust’s donations to charities projects, the Club has played a supportive role in their heartwarming and inspiring stories. Here we salute these remarkable individuals and share their positive values of life.

Drama as Life - Jo Ngai
08/2017
Jo Ngai
Founder and Executive Director of the Nonsensemakers and The Jockey Club Hand in Hand Capable Theatre Includrama Project

“I am halfway through my life – what shall I do with the rest of my days?” Jo Ngai took to the airwaves as a rising star of news programming at a major local TV station in the mid-1990s. Climbing through the ranks from reporter to news anchor, Jo used to be quite the “news lady” for a generation of audiences. Even as her news career peaked, Jo turned her attention inwards to reflect on life, work and happiness. Bidding her career at TVB farewell, Jo did stints at the Airport Authority Hong Kong and Phoenix TV, all the while continuing to appear on her most beloved stage – the theatre.

Jo discovered drama during her university years, and it has remained her greatest passion outside of work. In the 1990s, she founded Nonsensemakers with a number of friends. As founder and Executive Director of the drama troupe, she turned Nonsensemakers into a professional troupe in 2007. In 2011, with a “dare-to-try” spirit, she quit her job in public relations and worked full-time at the troupe. “I wouldn’t say I’m changing lives through art, but I definitely hope that our dramatic plays will reach more people,” Jo said.

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